It’s 2023 and everybody sees social media as this clown cousin whose only aim in life is to waste your time. However, if used wisely (and in moderation), social media can offer unique opportunities for creativity that were once unimaginable. Experts at Moj — an Indian short video app — share with IANSlife how one can widen creative imagination through social media.
Finding Inspiration: Millions of people share snippets of their life every day through social media. With such varied information about different cultures, interests and stories readily available, inspiration for your next big idea could just be a click away.
For example, an aspiring fashion designer could browse through short video apps and find inspiration for their next collection by looking at what other designers are creating or what styles influencers are wearing.
Gaining perspective: For creativity, it’s important to gain insights and perspectives outside your own ideologies and thought processes. Sometimes it’s also important to understand opposing viewpoints to drive your imagination, and social media allows you that space.
Collaborating: Social media provides you with the opportunity to connect with other creative minds without the constraints of geographical boundaries. Together you can rehash an old idea or work towards building a new project, all while learning from each other.
For example, let’s say a movie studio is releasing a new romantic comedy and wants to promote the song from the film’s soundtrack. They could create a hashtag challenge on a short video app, encouraging users to create videos of themselves dancing to the song with the hashtag #MyRomanticComedyDance. To make the challenge more enticing, the studio could offer a prize, such as a meet-and-greet with the film’s stars, to the user who creates the most creative and engaging video. The studio could also work with influencers to participate in the challenge and help promote it to their followers. This helps the movie song to become popular within a couple of days.
Discovering new trends: In order to be creative, it’s important to stay relevant. Social media provides great exposure to the latest trends and styles, which you can use to broaden your creative ecosystem.
For example, The video of “Kacha Badam” went viral on social media and sparked a global trend, with numerous artists recreating it in their own unique styles. Similarly, “Bachpan ka pyaar” also became a successful internet trend after gaining popularity through various adaptations by different creators.
Learning new processes: Say goodbye to “I wish I knew this process earlier; it would have made my job a lot easier” and hello to the amazing learning opportunities that social media provides, which you can use to optimise your everyday creative process.
For example, One doesn’t necessarily need a tutor or coaching; one can find quick videos from experts who share their knowledge and advice by searching for pertinent hashtags on social media apps, such as #exceltricks or #interviewtips.
Quick feedback: Real-time feedback on your ideas from a wider range of audience is one of the USPs of social media. It can also help you give directions if you’re stuck on a thought and need to figure out the next step.
Finding new ways to express: It’s important to find your own voice and style when it comes to creativity. Explore new methods and formats of expression that social media has to offer and keep experimenting.
Learning from the experts: The who’s who of all industries now has a social presence. Social media allows a medium to stay updated about their work and aids in learning from the best.
For example, watching cooking tutorial videos on social media apps can teach quick and easy food tricks shared by chefs and home cooks, providing an opportunity to learn from experts with extensive knowledge. Social media platforms offer a convenient and accessible way to access food-related content, which can inspire new ideas and techniques to improve cooking skills.
Instant gratification: While this may be debatable, a little appreciation goes a long way. Social media provides instant gratification for your work, and once people appreciate your creativity, it motivates you to level up every time you pick a new project.
Taking a break: Whenever you hit a creative block, it’s important to take a break. Social media provides ample options for that distraction (mostly cat videos), will make you laugh (again cat videos), and also give you a break from the routine so that you can have fresh ideas once you resume your work.